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2015 Whiskey Classes Announced!

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Our calendar of Hands-on Whiskey classes is here! Our five-hour classes offer a hands-on introduction to fermentation, distillation, and barrel-aging of a small-batch whiskey. Attendees participate in every aspect of production as well as learn how various factors such as grain choice, enzyme and yeast usage, distillation technique, and barrel aging affect the final whiskey product.

Register for classes

2015 Classes Calendar

Sunday, February 22 SOLD OUT
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Sunday, October 4, 2015
Sunday, November 1, 2015

 

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5th Annual Season’s Eatings 2014: A Benefit for the Oregon Food Bank

new_deal_seasons_eatings_logoJoin us Saturday, December 13th, from noon-6pm, for our 5th Annual Season’s Eatings, a holiday bazaar that brings together local food and drink artisans to showcase the area’s finest chocolates, cheeses, spirits and foodstuffs. Proceeds will benefit the Oregon Food Bank and admission to the event is one non-perishable food item per guest. With the support and cooperation of the food community, this event raises hundreds of pounds of food in a single day.

The Oregon Food Bank (OFB) is the hub of a network of 947 hunger-relief agencies throughout Oregon and Clark County Washington. OFB distributes food to agencies and works to address the root causes of hunger through public policy advocacy and education programs. The mission of the OFB is to eliminate hunger and its root causes, because no one should be hungry.

Owner & Distiller, Tom Burkleaux, shares his enthusiasm for our annual holiday event:

We love hosting Season’s Eatings because we get to invite Portland businesses who are committed to the craft of gourmet food and drink to share their goodies with the public, while also helping to feed the hungry with our food + fund drive for the Oregon Food Bank. It’s a win-win, and probably the most fun holiday shopping in town. Craft cocktails and gourmet eats? You friends and family will thank you for doing your holiday shopping here, and you’ll come away with a smile.

While you peruse offerings from our local food and drink vendors, our Tasting Room will be open, offering tasting flights, specialty cocktails, bottle sales and holiday gifts. Bring your holiday shopping list and your appetite and enjoy holiday gift packages and samples from our artisan food and drink vendors.

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September Comedy and Cocktails

Comedy and Cocktails at New Deal

Join us on Friday, September 12th for Comedy & Cocktails at New Deal with your hosts, Jason Traeger and Brandy Feit. This month our showcase of top Northwest comedians features: Adam Pasi, Todd Armstrong, Anatoli Brant, Katie Rose Leon, Dan Weber, Jeremiah Coughlan, and Tim Ledwith. Join us at 7:30 for New Deal cocktails and two new flavors of Masala Pop popcorn made with New Deal spirits! The show starts at 8:00pm. Free admission!

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September Farm to Table Brunch

Join us for our next Farm to Table Brunch with The Side Yard Farm on Sunday, September 7th!

nd_brunch_sept_insetAt New Deal, we are always eager to collaborate with unique and creative people from Portland’s deep pool of culinary talent. We’ve embraced this spirit of adventure through our Farm To Table Brunch series with local urban farmer and chef Stacey Givens, owner of The Side Yard Farm. Join us at the distillery’s communal table for a seed-to-plate brunch experience with family-style courses highlighting the seasonal bounty of Stacey’s NE Portland farm. Enjoy a three-course smorgasbord of freshly-prepared fare (cooked on site!) paired with specialty cocktails designed to perfectly complement each stage of the meal.

Side Yard Farm & KitchenChef/Farmer, Stacey Givens of The Side Yard, is the magical combination of an urban farmer and chef. Based in Northeast Portland’s Cully Neighborhood, herself along with dedicated volunteers grow diverse vegetables on two urban lots. She sells her harvests to local restaurants, including Cocotte, Grain & Gristle, and Ned Ludd, in what she calls “chef-to-chef” produce service. She also uses her fresh produce in her own meals for brunches and suppers. Her inspiration to get her hands in the dirt sprouted when she was cooking at Rocket (now Noble Rot), which had the first rooftop garden of its kind in Portland.

Brunch at New Deal is great fun. Diners enjoy an intimate family-style atmosphere where the chef talks about the food and how it is sourced, and New Deal staff explain and educate about the cocktail pairings. Eating together at one long table also provides an immediate and natural way to make new friends and experience the food and drink in a fun, communal environment. Please join us in May for our next brunch!

September 7th from 10am-1pm | New Deal Distillery | 900 SE Salmon PDX

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Comedy and Cocktails for August

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Fall Whiskey-Making Classes

New Deal Fall Whiskey-Making ClassOur hands-on whiskey-making classes have proved so popular that we’re offering four new classes in the Fall, all on Sundays: September 21st, September 28th, October 12th, and October 19th, all starting at 10am.

Each five-hour class offers a hands-on introduction to fermentation, distillation, and barrel-aging of a small-batch whiskey.

Attendees will participate in every aspect of production, as well as learn how various factors such as grain choice, enzyme and yeast usage, distillation technique, and barrel aging affect the final whiskey product.

Students will collaborate with New Deal Distillery owner and master distiller, Tom Burkleaux, and leave the class with a working knowledge of craft whiskey production as well as vouchers for two bottles of whiskey. Register & pay online here.

Classes are all full – Thank you!

 

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New Deal 10th Anniversary Party

Help us celebrate our 10th birthday on Saturday, July 12th from 5-10pm

New Deal Distillery invites you to help celebrate ten years of perfecting the art of craft distilling. Located in the heart of Portland since opening in 2004, New Deal now owns a beautifully renovated building with a parking lot perfect for a summer celebration! We’re bringing in some long-time partners to help make the party unforgettable, with New Deal cocktails by Merit Badge and a Yelp-sponsored Bloody Mary bar, food by Smokehouse 21, Salt & Straw ice cream, and Masala Pop, and entertainment featuring stand-up comedy hosted by Jason Traeger and Brandy Feit, and music by DJ Dickel.

New Deal Cake

New Spirits Introductions and Specialty Cocktails

Help welcome New Deal’s first whiskies to the Distiller’s Workshop line, and enjoy the release of Barrel #4 Aged Rum, with tasting flights and insights from New Deal distiller, Tom Burkleaux.

Merit Badge will rock the cocktails and highlight all the New Deal spirits you’ve come to know and love. Look for a Hot Monkey Bloody Mary garnish station sponsored by Yelp.

Barbecue, Small Bites and Ice Cream!

Barbecue by Smokehouse 21 will feature lots of yummy meat and BJ’s famous Hot Monkey Barbecue Sauce. Salt & Straw is completing the barbecue madness with a batch of Spicy Monkey Banana Walnut Ice Cream made with Hot Monkey Vodka, and pour-over ice cream cocktails. Masala Pop will bring their special release Hot Monkey Pineapple Popcorn and introduce Ginger-Sesame Popcorn with Jaggery and Ginger Liqueur. And to go with all that great food, DRY will provide a variety of flavors of soda to quench your summer thirst. The barbecue is from 5-7pm, and this portion of the night is all-ages.

Live Comedy and DJ Music Sets

Jason Traeger and Brandy Feit host an hour of stand-up comedy from 7-8pm to showcase some of the Northwest’s best comedians. DJ Dickel will set the mood with a live DJ set from 8-10pm.

Goodies and Schwag

New Deal is collaborating with the talented craftspeople at Maak Lab to launch an exclusive New Deal Juniper Berry Soap, made with berries used in our small-batch gins. Plus, commemorative New Deal merchandise and barware will debut for the special occasion.

Sponsored by Willamette Week | Hashtag for the event: #NDDx10

A little about our sponsors

Merit Badge offers craft cocktail & bar catering services for events in the Pacific Northwest, providing thoughtfully crafted drinks and honest, top-notch service.

Yelp makes everything better, by helping you find great local businesses.

Smokehouse 21 rubs and smokes a variety of barbecued fish, fowl, pig, lamb and cow. All of their meat and vegetables are sourced from local butchers and farmers, and the buns for their sandwiches come from Ken’s Artisan Bakery, right here in Portland

Salt & Straw is Portland’s farm-to-cone ice cream shop. Their ice cream is handmade in small-batches using only all-natural dairy with the best local, sustainable and organic ingredients Oregon has to offer, as well as imported flavors from small, handpicked farms and producers around the world.

Masala Pop handcrafts tasty Indian-spiced popcorn snacks with a kick in their Pop Shop in Southeast Portland.

Maak Lab is an exploration of the habits. Playing with nature from the streets, plant-based scents, and the Pacific Northwest environment, Maak reconstructs the ephemeral moments from nature for utility, intimate routine, and pleasure.

DRY is soda for everyone. Created specifically to be a less sweet soda, DRY has just four all natural ingredients and is sweetened with a minimal amount of pure cane sugar.

DJ Dickel is Matt Dickel from The Dickel Brothers playing songs and tunes from around the world that were recorded between 1900-1945.

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June Whiskey Making Classes

We’ve been practicing our whiskey-making skills since we moved into the new distillery, last February. We’ve honed our skills and now it’s time to spread the love. We’re offering our next two classes on June 15th & June 29th, each starting at 10am.

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Each five-hour class offers a hands-on introduction to fermentation, distillation, and barrel-aging of a small-batch whiskey.

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Comedy and Cocktails at New Deal in May

Join us at New Deal Distillery on May 9th and every second Friday for Big Laughs and Small Bites!

Your hosts, Jason Traeger and Brandy Feit will welcome the Northwest’s top comedic talent each month, and we’ll be featuring small plates from local eateries and cocktails prepared by New Deal! The punchline? There’s free admission!

This months line-up features: Sean O’Connor (from Conan and MTV), Amy Miller (Voted Portland’s Funniest Person 2013), Nariko Ott, Stephanie Purtle, Trevor Thorpe and Becky Braunstein.

Small bites will be provided by AnniePies – serving sweet and savory pies, and specialty cocktails will be served by New Deal.

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May Farm to Table Brunch at New Deal

Join us for our next Farm to Table Brunch with The Side Yard Farm on Sunday, May 4th!

new deal may brunchAt New Deal, we are always eager to collaborate with unique and creative people from Portland’s deep pool of culinary talent. We’ve embraced this spirit of adventure through our Farm To Table Brunch series with local urban farmer and chef Stacey Givens, owner of The Side Yard Farm. Join us at the distillery’s communal table for a seed-to-plate brunch experience with family-style courses highlighting the seasonal bounty of Stacey’s NE Portland farm. Enjoy a three-course smorgasbord of freshly-prepared fare (cooked on site!) paired with specialty cocktails designed to perfectly complement each stage of the meal.

Side Yard Farm & KitchenChef/Farmer, Stacey Givens of The Side Yard, is the magical combination of an urban farmer and chef. Based in Northeast Portland’s Cully Neighborhood, herself along with dedicated volunteers grow diverse vegetables on two urban lots. She sells her harvests to local restaurants, including Cocotte, Grain & Gristle, and Ned Ludd, in what she calls “chef-to-chef” produce service. She also uses her fresh produce in her own meals for brunches and suppers. Her inspiration to get her hands in the dirt sprouted when she was cooking at Rocket (now Noble Rot), which had the first rooftop garden of its kind in Portland.

Brunch at New Deal is great fun. Diners enjoy an intimate family-style atmosphere where the chef talks about the food and how it is sourced, and New Deal staff explain and educate about the cocktail pairings. Eating together at one long table also provides an immediate and natural way to make new friends and experience the food and drink in a fun, communal environment. Please join us in May for our next brunch!

May 4th from 10am-1pm | New Deal Distillery | 900 SE Salmon PDX

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Cocktails and Comedy at New Deal

Comedy & Cocktails

Join us at New Deal Distillery every second Friday, starting April 11th for Big Laughs and Small Bites!

Your hosts, Jason Traeger and Brandy Feit will welcome the Northwest’s top comedic talent each month, and we’ll be featuring small plates from local eateries and cocktails prepared by New Deal! The punchline? There’s free admission!

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LivingSocial’s Distillery Package for Two

LivingSocial LogoWe’re excited to announce that we’re partnering with LivingSocial to offer a stellar Distillery Package for Two.

For only $30 you’ll get a tour of our distillery for two, two mini-cocktails, two tasting flights, two New Deal shot glasses, a copy of Jim Meehan’s The PDT Cocktail Book: The Complete Bartender’s Guide from the Celebrated Speakeasy, plus a New Deal tote bag to carry all your goodies home.

The tour & tasting can be completed in under an hour. Saturdays and Sundays are our busiest days so please keep that in mind when making plans. Please call the distillery at 503-234-2513 to reserve a time slot during the following times:

Holiday Hours:

  • December 18th – 20th: 1-3:30pm
  • December 21st & 22nd: noon-4:30pm
  • December 23rd & 24th:1-3:30pm
  • CLOSED on December 25th & 26th
  • December 27th: 1-3:30pm
  • December 28th & 29th: noon-4:30pm
  • December 30th & 31st: 1-3:30pm
  • CLOSED on January 1st

Normal Hours beginning January 2nd, 2014:

  • Wednesday – Friday: 1-3:30pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: noon-4:30pm
  • except, CLOSED January 26th ALL DAY

The deal is live on LivingSocial and Amazon Local from December 17th-30th. Grab one for the perfect stocking stuffer and stop by the distillery (before May 14th, 2014) to redeem your voucher.

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ORANGE is the new BLACK

With its name inspired by the hit Netflix original series, ORANGE is the new BLACK, this cocktail combines the dark punch of black pepper and the bright sweetness of fresh orange. Sound familiar?

1 oz New Deal Gin 33
1 oz Pok Pok SOM Black Pepper Drinking Vinegar (or 0.5 oz black pepper simple syrup*)
2 orange wedges
soda water

In a 6-ounce glass, stir Gin 33 and Black Pepper SOM (or black pepper simple syrup) together, then fill glass with ice. Squeeze one orange wedge and discard, and top the drink off with soda water. Garnish with remaining orange wedge.

*Black Pepper Simple Syrup – enough for 2 cocktails (please note: this version is a bit sweeter than the SOM version) In a saucepan, combine 1/4 cup water, 1/8 cup sugar and 1/8t coarsely cracked black pepper. Bring to a boil, stirring.
When syrup reaches the boil, remove from heat and let cool. If you prefer not to have bits of black pepper at the bottom of your cocktails, strain through cheesecloth or very fine mesh.

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Black Friday on Distillery Row 2013

Black Friday on Distillery Row

Members of Portland’s Distillery Row are getting into the spirit of the season with their second annual Black Friday on Distillery Row holiday shopping extravaganza on Friday, November 29th, from 11am-5pm at Refuge PDX in Southeast Portland. The theme is “Indulgence,” as the event offers a unique opportunity to sample and purchase bottled spirits from five Distillery Row distilleries–New Deal Distillery, House Spirits, Stone Barn Brandyworks, Eastside Distilling, and Vinn Distillery–all under one roof! Also, come and meet our newest member Rolling River Spirits!

But why stop there? To truly indulge one must quench all appetites. Also on hand will be samples and goods for sale from several of Portland’s most unique food, beverage, and crafts artisans including Alma Handmade Chocolates, Water Avenue Coffee, Lovejoy Bakers, Jacob’s Creamery, Pok Pok SOM, Sage & Sea Vinegar, NW Cigars, Zephyr’s Art Glassware, and many more.

The holidays don’t have to be all about giving to others! Come to Black Friday on Distillery Row and indulge yourself! And if you happen to pick up a few things for friends and family…well, we won’t tell.

FREE ADMISSION! Walk-ins allowed but please take a moment to register here for notifications and entry in a raffle for a chance to win Distillery Row Passports.

For more information visit Distillery Row website or visit our Facebook event page.

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New Deal Presents Gospel Brunch Sundays at Doug Fir

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Join us at Doug Fir for an afternoon of hand-clapping, foot stomping and soul cleansing gospel music featuring local legendary soul diva Linda Hornbuckle and her Old Time Gospel Hour plus Reverend Matthew Jointer and Mary Minnieweather-Tucker.

This event is seated general admission on a first come-first served basis and includes a full “southern style” buffet brunch with coffee and juice.

The Lounge Bar will be open with a full menu including a special Bloody Mary from New Deal Distillery. Cocktails, beer, and wine are not included in the ticket price.

Dates: October 27th, November 10th, November 24th, December 15th

Legendary Soul Diva Linda Hornbuckle started singing at the age of six in the Grace & Truth Pentecostal Church,in Portland, Oregon, a church pastored by her father, Bishop Howard Hornbuckle. She began thrilling audiences in the Pacific Northwest, Europe, Canada and across the U.S. just a few years later.

Linda has taken her Gospel-Charged Soul performance and firmly established herself as The Northwest’s #1 Soul Sister. The woman with the voice from heaven has become a dynamic bandleader.

Get your tickets here!

Doug Fir’s Gospel Brunch is proudly sponsored by New Deal Distillery and Willamette Week.

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Design Week Portland at New Deal

“New Deal Distillery Off the Shelf:
10 Years of Collaborative Conflict”

Product design showcase. Conversations. Cocktails.

Thursday, October 10th | 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

dwpTom Burkleaux, founder, owner, and distiller at New Deal Distillery distilled his first spirit and designed his first label in 2003. Since then, many of Portland’s creatives including designers, artists, students, teachers, and marketing and branding experts have contributed to the designs that have shaped the growth of one of Portland’s first craft distilleries. Enjoy one free cocktail, with more available for purchase.

> RSVP for this Design Week Portland event now!

 

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4th Annual Season’s Eatings 2013: A Benefit for the Oregon Food Bank

new_deal_seasons_eatings_logoJoin us Saturday, December 14th, from noon-6pm, for our 4th Annual Season’s Eatings, a holiday bazaar that brings together local food and drink artisans to showcase the area’s finest chocolates, cheeses, spirits and foodstuffs. Proceeds will benefit the Oregon Food Bank and admission to the event is one non-perishable food item per guest. With the support and cooperation of the food community, this event raises hundreds of pounds of food in a single day.

The Oregon Food Bank (OFB) is the hub of a network of 947 hunger-relief agencies throughout Oregon and Clark County Washington. OFB distributes food to agencies and works to address the root causes of hunger through public policy advocacy and education programs. The mission of the OFB is to eliminate hunger and its root causes, because no one should be hungry.

Owner & Distiller, Tom Burkleaux, shares his enthusiasm for our annual holiday event:

We love hosting Season’s Eatings because we get to invite Portland businesses who are committed to the craft of gourmet food and drink to share their goodies with the public, while also helping to feed the hungry with our food + fund drive for the Oregon Food Bank. It’s a win-win, and probably the most fun holiday shopping in town. Craft cocktails and gourmet eats? You friends and family will thank you for doing your holiday shopping here, and you’ll come away with a smile.

While you peruse offerings from our local food and drink vendors, our Tasting Room will be open, offering tasting flights, specialty cocktails, bottle sales and holiday gifts. Bring your holiday shopping list and your appetite and enjoy holiday gift packages and samples from our artisan food and drink vendors.

Pok Pok SOM Drinking Vinegars

Pok Pok SOM LogoPok Pok has been serving drinking vinegars since 2005, which make delicious and refreshing drinks with a nice tartness coming from the vinegar and concentrated flavors of fruit, vegetable and aromatics. Som is handcrafted in Portland using natural flavoring, organic cane sugar and quality natural vinegars.

Tails & Trotters LogoTails and Trotters

Inspired by the regional cured hams of Europe, Tails & Trotters is the Pacific Northwest’s first signature pork producer to develop a distinctive variety of Pacific Northwest prosciutto made from pork finished on local hazelnuts. Their flagship store, located in Northeast Portland, provides customers with everything from holiday hams to sweet Italian sausage and even ground pork for the home cook.

Water Avenue Coffee

Water Avenue Coffee LogoRising on the banks of the mighty Willamette River during the mild winter of 2009, Water Avenue Coffee creates handcrafted coffees in Portland’s Southeast Industrial district. Water Avenue Coffee is dedicated to bravely pioneering the unseen frontier of micro-roasting craft coffees from countries around the world.

Random Order Coffeehouse & Bakery

Random Order Coffeehouse & Bakery LogoRandom Order is a vibrant neighborhood cafe specializing in extraordinary handmade sweet & savory pies.  They pay particular attention the freshness of our ingredients and the craft of transforming them. Random Order also serves warm out of the oven homemade pastries, rich espresso drinks, egg sandwiches and cocktails.

Briar Rose Creamery

Briar Rose Creamery LogoLocated in in the heart of the Willamette Valley wine country, Briar Rose is a small, artisan cheese producer known for handcrafted fresh and aged goat cheeses, aged cow milk cheeses and award winning chocolate goat cheese truffles. They nurture each small batch to achieve the best flavor and texture, highlighting the seasonal qualities of their cheeses.

Portland Juice Press

Portland Juice Press LogoPortland Juice Press starts with quality fruits and veggies, using local and organic sources whenever possible, and transforms them into great tasting, 100% natural fresh-pressed juices. Their juices are a delicious, convenient way to help you stay healthy, and they make a fresh addition to any juice-based cocktail.

 

Kelly’s Jelly

Kelly's Jelly LogoKelly’s Jelly is a family-owned business in Lake Oswego, OR. With a coveted 2012 Scovie award under their belt, their line of jellies are sure to tickle your tastebuds. They are featured every Thursday at Portland’s famous VooDoo Doughnut (Habanero Pepper Jelly Doughnut, anyone?)

 

 

Unbound Pickling

Unbound Pickling LogoUnbound Pickling only uses all-natural, locally sourced ingredients and high quality, seasonal vegetables and herbs to create artisan small-batch pickled products. Their pickles are differentiated by their extraordinary quality, attractive packaging, and unconventional assortment of varieties and flavors.

Masala Pop

Masala Pop LogoMasala Pop is a tasty, Indian-spiced popcorn snack mix handcrafted in Portland, Oregon. They start with air-popped, organic, non-GMO popcorn and add a special blend of Indian spices and tasty tidbits like crunchy papadum (Indian lentil chips). The result is an all-natural, gluten-free, fiber-rich, scrumptious snack that is highly addictive–in a good way!

 

River Wave Foods

River Wave Foods LogoRiver Wave Foods offers multicultural, gourmet cooking sauces and tapenade that reflect the migration of global flavors. Their cooking sauces were created in the belief that great food is as simple as bringing together the right balance of flavors using quality, fresh ingredients.

 

Alma Chocolate

Alma Chocolate LogoAlma Chocolate uses real vanilla, fresh herbs, and organic butter and cream to make their hand-crafted confections, without preservatives or artificial flavors. No two batches of their exquisite chocolates are exactly alike–they are as individual and unique as the people who enjoy them.

Yelp LogoThis year we’re very excited to partner with the Yelp Portland crew to bring some fun surprises to the event. Stay tuned for all the details coming soon!

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Ramsay’s Dram at New Deal

On Sunday, November 17th  & Sunday, November 24th, we’re excited to host two of Stuart Maclean Ramsay’s acclaimed classes, Craft Whiskey of Cascadia and Islay & Campbeltown Scotch Malt Whisky, at the distillery.

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  • Cascadia Craft Whiskey: Discover how and why whisky is being reinvented by independent and innovative craft whisky makers, many with Northwest connections. Is there an Oregon whisky style? Find out as we explore this evolution and the best of the new regional distilleries. Sunday, November 17th, 2013, 1-4pm
  • Islay and Campbeltown Regions of Scotland: Most of Scotland’s heavily peated drams hail from Islay, including Bowmore, Ardbeg, Laphroaig and Bruichladdich. The historically important region of Campbeltown is home to Springbank, Longrow and Glen Scotia. Taste the turf and brine from Scotland’s boldest and heaviest whiskies. Sunday, November 24th, 2013, 1-4pm

We’ll be tasting a hearty selection of the best whiskies from each category, and will explore the history and culture behind each dram and region. Please e-mail me the classes you’d like to attend at the e-mail address, below. To register & pay for a class and get more Academy or course information, visit Ramsay’ s Dram.

Stuart_MacLean_RamsayStuart MacLean Ramsay, trademarked as The Scotch Guy, was born and raised in the Highlands of Scotland. A writer, editor and public speaker, Ramsay is a leading expert on whisky & spirits, cocktails and craft beer. He was the American correspondent and contributing editor for Britain’s Whisky Magazine, and a contributing editor for the award-winning book, The Definitive Guide to World Whisky, writing the American and Canadian whiskey sections. The book’s awards include a prestigious James Beard Award for best spirits & wine publication and ‘Best Spirits Book’ in the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, France.

He has written for the Malt Advocate, Cigar Aficionado, Sánte Magazine  and the Oregonian, (as craft beer columnist & cocktail writer for A&E Magazine.) During the early and mid 1990’s, Ramsay was publisher and editor-in-chief of two iconic Scotch whisky quarterlies: Uisge Beatha and Sláinte. His book manuscript about the history of Scotch was subject to a bidding war by five New York publishing houses.

In 2012, he launched Ramsay’s Dram Academy of Whisky in Portland, Oregon, teaching classes on every category of whisky (and whiskey) to consumers and industry professionals.

Ramsay is a Life Member of the prestigious Keepers of the Quaich Society, an international organization which honors those who have contributed greatly to the success and nobility of Scotch whisky and Scotland. Ramsay has also been inducted into the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels for his writing about Kentucky Bourbon and Kentucky. He’s been a judge at Whisky Magazine’s Best of the Best Whisky Awards, held annually in Bardstown, Kentucky. In 2003, Ramsay was a nominee for the best drink journalist in the World Food Media Awards.

Portland’s Willamette Week newspaper heralded Ramsay as “The best person to drink with in Portland” for their Best of Portland issue. He has a bagpipe tune, “Stuart MacLean Ramsay,” (a jig) named after him for his work with and support of local youth pipe bands and Northwest Celtic culture.

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Farm to Table Brunch at New Deal

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At New Deal we are always eager to explore and collaborate with the most unique and creative people that make up Portland’s deep pool of culinary talent. We’ve embraced this spirit of adventure and have created a new breakfast series. Our first brunch was held Sunday, July 21st and featured a three-course extravaganza created by local urban farmer Stacey Givens, owner of The Side Yard Farm & Kitchen.

This special event featured a seed-to-plate brunch experience with three family-style courses highlighting the seasonal bounty of Stacey’s NE Portland farm. Our guests experienced a smorgasbord of freshly-prepared fare (cooked on site!) made from Stacey’s produce from the farm as well as locally sourced organic meats. For our part, New Deal created three specialty cocktails designed to perfectly complement each stage of the meal.

Chef/ Farmer Stacey Givens of The Side Yard is the magical combination of an urban farmer and chef. Based in Northeast Portland’s Cully Neighborhood, herself along with dedicated volunteers grow diverse vegetables on two urban lots. She sells her harvests to local restaurants, including Cocotte, Grain & Gristle, and Ned Ludd, in what she calls “chef-to-chef” produce service. She also uses her fresh produce in her own meals for brunches and suppers. Her inspiration to get her hands in the dirt sprouted when she was cooking at Rocket (now Noble Rot), which had the first rooftop garden of its kind in Portland.

Side Yard Farm & KitchenBrunch at New Deal was great fun. Diners enjoyed the intimate family-style atmosphere which allowed Stacey to talk about her passion for food and for New Deal staff to explain and educate about the cocktail pairings. Eating together at one long table also provided an immediate and natural way to make new friends and experience the food and drink in a fun, communal environment. The event was such a hit, we have immediately scheduled the next brunch for Sunday, October 20th, featuring an entirely new menu by Stacey and new cocktails by New Deal. Please join us!

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. Please call the distillery at 503-234-2513 to be added to the cancellation list.

October 20th from 10am-1pm | New Deal Distillery | 900 SE Salmon PDX

Still not convinced? Take a look at the menu from our July Brunch below…

July 2013 Farm to Table Brunch Menu

New Deal and Side Yard Farm July 2013 Brunch Menu with Cocktail Pairings:

First Course

  • Lil’ Flapjacks–Grilled Nectarines. Anise Hyssop Butter. My Bee’s Honey Syrup. Pecans
  • Cocktail #1: Strawberry Ginger Bellini–New Deal Vodka and Ginger Liqueur tickle your nose in this bubbly Bellini that features strawberry juice from Portland Juice Press.

In 6 oz. champagne flute:
1 oz. Ginger Liqueur
.5 oz. New Deal Vodka
1.5 oz. strawberry/lemon/honey Juice
–Top with Jaume Cristalino champagne (leave .25 inch room at top of glass)

Second Course

  • Breaky Sando–Aged Cheddar Crumpet. Dad’s Fried Chicken. Farm Greens. Pickled Summer Squash and Basil Relish. Fried Egg.
  • Cocktail #2: Hot Monkey Bloody Mary–Hot Monkey vodka makes our house-recipe Bloody Mary a spicy-hot item for brunch! Complete with a summery pickle garnish.

In 10 oz. highball glass:
Over ice, pour about 5 oz. bloody mary mix:
2 oz Hot Monkey
2 T dill pickle brine
1/2 t Worcestershire sauce
1/4 t onion powder
1/4 t garlic powder
1/4 t lemon pepper
8 oz Campbell’s tomato juice
0.5 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
0.5 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
Place tall wide straw in and garnish across top of glass

Third Course

  • Summer Omelet–Farm Eggs. Gale’s Green Beans. Squash Blossom and Runner Bean Flowers. Side Yard Cippolini Onions and their tops.
 Tarragon. Sheep’s Cheese.
  • Cocktail #3: Lavender Gin Lemondae–Gin No. 1 is paired with lavender-honey lemonade from Portland Juice Press for a floral refreshment to start your day feeling bright.

In 8 oz. old fashioned glass, place lemon wheel against side of glass, add ice to secure it there, then pour:
1.5 oz Gin No. 1
2 oz. Lavender/Lemon/honey juice

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Enjoy New Deal Spirits in Calgary

calgaryThat’s right! New Deal’s first foray into international distribution brings our craft spirits to the lovely Canucks in Calgary, Alberta. At our Tasting Room in Portland, we’ve had the pleasure to meet many Canadians from Calgary. They were so persistent in their requests to import New Deal spirits to Canada that we partnered with Vine Arts Wine & Spirits in Calgary to stock restaurants and bars in Alberta. If you’re a bar or restaurant owner in Alberta, please contact Jesse Willis at jess@vinearts.ca, if you would like to carry New Deal spirits.

For New Deal fans in Calgary, you can find New Deal cocktails at the following fine establishments.

 

 

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